Expaters this will make you laugh (and me scream)

I’m really getting into Chilean life. My Spanish is improving, my kids are settled in their nursery and I feel at home. In fact, my kid has his nursery graduation show tonight – a Ghostbusters themed extravaganza. We’ve been making his costume for a couple of weeks now. Yesterday I even headed to the busiest market in town to get…
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Ten ways to tell you’ve been an expat for a long, …

Been an expat for a long time? I’ve been living abroad one and off since I was 18 and it’s made me a little odd I guess. How about you, Expaters? You know when you’ve been away from ‘home’ for a long, long time when… Someone asks you where you got an item of clothing and you reply with a…
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Just for fun: what type of expat are you?

Last year expatriate networking organisation Internations released a study listing ten types of expat. I’m not sure which category I fall into. In fact, I reckon it’s much more simple. Either you’re an Expater or you’re not. In case you’re unsure where you land on the Expater scale, I’ve compiled my own quiz. 1. A friend is travelling to your hometown.…
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Expatriate? Chances are you’re a precious asshole. Just like me

It’s 4.30am. I’ve barely slept. I ache all over. My back is so stiff it hurts to move. I’ve eaten an obscene amount of avocado on toast to fuel me through the morning. Why? Because once upon a time I lived in Germany. Expat princess and the pea Back in 2008 I was transported into another world. Angels gently massaged…
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My most embarrassing, bizarre and surreal expat moments

Expat life is a funny thing. Funny as in odd, and funny as in hilarious. We’re thrown into situations we wouldn’t normally experience back ‘home’, where we don’t speak the local language, where we don’t understand the local culture and we’re perhaps a bit more brazen because we have to get on and get things organised. Here’s a collection of…
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The British are weird – customs and etiquette for surviving British culture

Carpets in bathrooms, apologising when we’re not really sorry, and endless talk about the weather. Yes, we Brits are weird. My husband is Spanish and despite being married to a Brit and having lived in the UK himself, there are a few traditions and customs he just can’t get his head round. For any expats in the UK, here’s a…
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